Meniscus Injuries - What Do You Do Next?
Introduction : If you have suffered from a knee injury in the past, you know the importance of protecting your knees and helping to prevent further knee damage. There are some knee injuries that are hard to avoid - such as meniscus tears. The knees have the tedious job of bearing the entire weight of our bodies every day and with every step that we take. If the meniscus is injured, this can cause the weight to be unevenly distributed and can lead to knee injuries.
1.) The Job of The Meniscus
The role of the meniscus in the knee is to allow the bones that come together at the knee - the tibia and femur to glide smoothly over each other and not cause friction or rubbing together of the bones. There are two of them around the knee called the lateral meniscus and the medial meniscus. For people who are athletes or are very active and put a lot of force on their knees, this cartridge can wear down and that is how tears in the meniscus occur. Once there is a tear in the meniscus, it usually has to be diagnosed by a doctor and in some cases a surgery is required to repair the tears.
2.) The Job of A Knee Brace
If you are active in a lot of sports or put a lot of strain on your knees through a lot of lifting and bending, you may want to consider wearing a knee brace to help stabilize the knee joint and protect the knee area. Often after a knee surgery, patients are required to wear a knee brace to help protect the area while it heals, and you can also do your part before an injury occurs by wearing a knee brace. There are many different kinds of braces on the market, some are designed specifically for a certain sport, and others are general purpose. There are hinged knee braces that offer a lot of support and those that are unhinged and still offer enough support and allow you to move freely.
You want to protect your knees and keep them safe from injuries before a meniscus tear occurs. If you do suspect that you may have a meniscus injury, you want to talk to your doctor to see if you should get tested in order to fix the injury and what preventative measures you can take to keep meniscus tears from developing.